The Club is delighted that its most experienced player, centre (or sometimes fullback/fly-half) Chris Briers, has signed up for his ninth season at the Woodlands. Just as importantly, he has been appointed to Warren Spragg’s coaching team working alongside Alex Loney. 1st team skipper between 2015-2017, Chris is an accomplished and versatile back who was previously with Orrell, Sedgley Tigers, Rotherham Titans and Doncaster Knights before joining Fylde for the 2011-12 season and being a principal contributor to the club’s highly successful first four seasons in National One. He made his debut for Sale Sharks in 2003-4 and then became a regular for Orrell the following season before eventually moving on his other clubs subsequently.
Chris (35) has also proved incredibly durable, making no fewer than 395 National League appearances for five clubs. Just over half of those, 208, have been in Fylde’s claret and gold colours, with an impressive strike rate of 61 tries. To average 25 league games a season across 16 years, plus numerous appearances for Lancashire on top, in such a fiercely physical sport is an extraordinary achievement.
He has earned representative honours with England Counties and has many caps for Lancashire. He is a lecturer in Rugby & Sport at Myerscough College. He is currently Lancashire Academy Lead Coach, Lancashire Mentor Scheme Lead Coach and Lancashire Development Centre Coach.
Head Coach Warren Spragg said: ”I’m really pleased that Briersy is coming on board with a coaching role this season. He’s a player with a tremendous amount of experience across the game and has been working to develop his coaching over the past few years. I am sure that, like Lono, he will be able to combine his playing and coaching responsibilities whilst keeping his playing level to the standard required.
“Briersy is a strong character who will challenge my thinking which will be just what is required as we look to improve on last season’s coaching. I am excited about what we can achieve as a team of ambitious coaches who have long-standing connections with the club and local rugby community.”
Chris Briers said “This will be my 9th season at Fylde and I’m looking forward to it as much as I did the year I joined. The squad has changed a great deal over the years, from an experienced group of players, many of whom were ex pros, to a squad of young players ready to start their senior rugby journey. In recent years, the club has taken a dip in form and has been going through a transition. I feel the squad has developed a lot over the last few seasons and I’m excited to be a part of this new era as a player and a coach.”